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Ruby A. Westhoff | Obituary

WALNUT – Ruby A. Westhoff, 84, of rural Walnut, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.

Ruby Agnes Bergmann was born June 7, 1938 in rural St. Paul, the daughter of John and Agnes Elizabeth (Redinger) Bergmann. She grew up in the St. Paul area, attending Idell Elementary School and St. Paul High School, from which she graduated in 1956.

On March 3, 1962, Ruby married David L. Westhoff at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. After their marriage, they made their home in rural Walnut, where they cultivated and raised their family. Her husband, David, died a few months before their 60th wedding anniversary.

She enjoyed all aspects of making their home, especially sewing and quilting, gardening and canning, and cooking and baking. For many years, Ruby and David attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut. She was currently a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie and its altar society.

Survivors include a son, Philip Westhoff of Walnut; four daughters, Anna Goble (David) of rural Girard, Eileen Bland (Rick) of Girard, Connie Westhoff (Joe) of Olathe and Donna Rodriguez (Ernesto) of Lenexa; his honorary daughter, Diana Ericson (Jeff) of Forest, Wisconsin; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David, on December 8, 2021; four brothers, Bill, John, Robert and Carl Bergmann; and four sisters, Edna Mishler, Marguerite George, Bertha Maffei and Helen O’Toole.

Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut with Reverend Theodore Khin officiating. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Walnut. The rosary will be recited on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the church. The family will receive friends in the parish hall after the rosary.

Memorials are suggested to Kansans for Life or Knights of Columbus St. Paul/Erie Council. These can be left at the church or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, PO Box 374, Parsons, KS, 67357.

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